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Can you pay for bovine cartilage with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for bovine cartilage with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for bovine cartilage. In fact, if you do pay for bovine cartilage with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about bovine cartilage

Bovine cartilage is a dietary supplement derived from cows and sold as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, skin conditions such as scleroderma and psoriasis, herpes, brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme), and other cancers.

Disclaimer

Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for bovine cartilage with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.